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Maccaferri Retaining Structures, Rockfall Protection, Erosion Control and Soil Reinforcement


Maccaferri is a market leader in the manufacture, design and supply of gabion retaining walls and Reno mattress erosion control systems for rivers and channels. These solutions are now complemented by erosion protection solutions, as well as a wide range of geogrids for strengthened earthworks, soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation. Recent additions also include a full range of Rockfall protection and debris flow mitigation systems, as well as asphalt pavement reinforcement grids, textile and meshes.

Maccaferri adds value to your project team by offering in-depth technical and design support to provide real-world solutions for project sites. The company has provided solutions to many of the worlds’ major highways. Its specialist support services help clients reduce their risk, cost and time by providing value engineered, safe and effective solutions.

Rockfall, debris flows, and avalanche protection systems

Maccaferri offers numerous solutions to mitigate risks from natural hazards. The company offers a wide range of rockfall protection mesh types, each with different strength and stiffness to optimise the system against particular hazards.

Maccaferri also supplies lighter hexagonal mesh for simple drapery, to its high-tensile strength mesh Steelgrid for demanding pinned drapery and surface stabilisation. These meshes are often used with soil nailing.

The company also offers HEA Panels, ultra-strong steel cable panels, and ring nets for rock containment on cliff and rock faces.

Maccaferri’s rockfall catch fences (Rockfall barriers) are used to intercept falling rocks, preventing them from impacting roads and road users. They are available with energy absorption capacities from 100kJ to 8,500kJ.

The company’s debris flow barriers and snow fences are also becoming increasingly popular for combating extreme conditions caused by climate change.

Maccaferri’s MacRO Studio Rockfall design software enables engineers to design solutions for rockfall and surface stabilisation problems.

Solutions using geogrids for reinforced soil slopes and walls.

Maccaferri geogrids are installed in soil to reinforce them, allow them to accommodate greater loads, and stand at steeper angles.

The company offers a wide range of geogrid soil reinforcement types and strengths to suit a variety of soil conditions. This maximises the opportunity to re-use / recycle site-won material as structural backfill, thereby creating a more sustainable solution.

Maccaferri also provides facing types to suit the appearance required, whether a vertical or sloped-face angle is need.

The company’s Terramesh and Green Terramesh soil reinforcement systems have a gabion fascia and green, vegetating fascia respectively. The geogrid is integrated with the fascia and assembly components are factory fitted, increasing installation speed compared to other systems.

Maccaferri’s Paragrid, Paralink, Paraweb and MacGrid soil reinforcement geogrids have the best long-term design strength reduction factors of any geogrids in the market, a testament to their quality and ‘tried and tested’ performance.

These geosynthetic reinforcements are used within the company’s MacRES vertical concrete panel walls system, and MacWall segmental blockwork walls.

Designers can use Maccaferri’s MacSTARS software to design reinforced soil slopes and walls.

Flexible and durable gabion retaining walls

Our gabion retaining structures are suitable for many highway applications where earth retention is required. Certified by numerous authorities around the world (Italy, France, Brasil, UK, South Africa etc), our gabions are long-lasting and simple to install. Our gabion walls are flexible and can accommodate differential settlement easily without being damaged – ideal in seismic areas or when built on soft ground.

We offer a wide range of gabion types including Strong Face units and even Cubiroc pre-filled gabions, ready to be placed directly into your project. Our Green Gabions are a perfect solution when clients want to establish vegetation within the face of the gabion wall.

Maccaferri gabion walls also have a lower carbon footprint than traditional concrete retaining walls.

Using our GawacWIN design software, engineers can quickly design gabion retaining walls.

Erosion control and hydraulic works for vegetation

Maccaferri offers a wide range of solutions for erosion control depending on the erosion forces involved and the surface to be protected.

The company provides Reno mattresses filled with stones for heavy hydraulic flows, MacMat R and MacMat non-degradable high performance geomats (TRMs) for medium erosion forces and Biomac, coir and natural fibre biodegradable geomats for light erosion control.

Soil bioengineering techniques and topsoil can easily be integrated into solutions to restore habitats and create an environment for growing plants.
Using MacRA design software, engineers can rapidly design the hydraulic erosion protection required within water courses.

Basal reinforcement and basal platforms

The performance of basal platforms underneath embankments can be enhanced by the use of high-strength geosynthetic geogrids, such as Maccaferri’s Paralink® that can withstand up to 1350kN/m.

Paralink geogrids absorb, spread, span and dissipate the applied loads vertically downwards into the ground, or into the piles. Furthermore, by increasing the soil’s ability to ‘span’ or ‘arch’, a high-strength geosynthetic can increase the pile spacing.

Pavement reinforcement and soil stabilisation

Maccaferri Road Mesh is used in the upper bound layers of asphalt road pavements to structurally reinforce the pavement structure, increasing resistance to rutting and shoving. It extends the fatigue life and maintenance cycles for roads and also improves the performance of road widening / haunching.

MacGrid AR fibreglass reinforcement grids can be used to reduce reflective cracking when overlaying existing pavements.

MacGrid EG geogrids are often used to stabilise soft ground, provide access over difficult ground, or to reduce the thickness of aggregate layers in road construction. The geogrids interlock with granular layers, reinforcing them and improving the efficiency of road construction, whether a gravel access track, or a major highway.

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18 June 2018

Maccaferri was subcontracted for design, supply and construction supervision assistance of the 32m-high retaining wall.

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3 April 2018

Maccaferri’s ParaLink® high-strength geogrids were chosen to reinforce the base of the Duqm roads’ embankments because significantly economical and faster in construction in comparison with other feasible conventional solutions available in the Oman market, such as stone columns, vacuum consolidation, dynamic replacement.

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23 March 2018

The Mumbai Pune Expressway is India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access controlled expressway. It spans a distance of 94.5km connecting Mumbai to Pune. It cleaves through the scenic Sahyadri mountain ranges through passes and tunnels.

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3 November 2017

Maccaferri's Terramesh® System was chosen to create an access road to the new Meralco power plant worksite in Atimonan, Philippines.

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12 September 2017

Our ETAG 027 compliant rockfall barrier provides a dynamic solution.

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20 August 2017

Maccaferri’s rockfall barrier system is deployed to secure the vulnerable slope face.

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11 July 2017

Our geotextile MacMat HS system is deployed to secure the vulnerable slope face.

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30 August 2016

Maccaferri Balkans is currently providing soil reinforcement applications and hydraulic works for a new major project in Tirana, Albania.

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23 August 2016

Maccaferri was involved in a series of important Italian road upgrades in 2015 and 2016. But that was only the last chapter of a decades-long tradition: Maccaferri's products have now become the standard in several engineering sectors.

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17 August 2016

As Greece enhances its highway network, Maccaferri ensures efficient collaboration with top highway contractors through the supply of high-quality expertise and products.

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31 May 2016

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7 April 2016

In order to connect the lower area of Camara de Lobos Strait with the main highway on the island of Madeira, it was necessary to create a new link road which would improve accessibility and road traffic conditions. Secondary roads in the area were also exhibiting significant signs of wear by the increasing traffic loads.

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1 March 2016

Capacity on part of Italy's most important highway, the A1 Autostrada, has been greatly increased with a new section through the Apennines. Known as 'Variante di Valico', this strategic link features tunnels and viaducts for which geotechnical specialists Maccaferri proposed the use of its Green Terramesh® soil reinforcement.

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1 February 2016

When hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel hit the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca in September 2013, they caused widespread damage.

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12 January 2016

Maccaferri is supplying £300k materials to a major roadwork improvement scheme in Scotland.

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16 June 2014

Bekaert and Maccaferri will establish a global sales and distribution joint venture to provide total construction reinforcement solutions for underground infrastructure projects, such as road, railway, metro, hydro power stations and utility and mining tunnels.

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18 July 2013

Civil and geotechnical specialists Maccaferri is to construct a network of reinforced-soil retaining walls as part of the upgrading of strategic A8 route upgrade in Northern Ireland.

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24 June 2013

Maccaferri has been awarded the European Technical Approval (ETA) for its RB 1500 (ETA n.12/0396) and RMC 050 ICAT/2 (ETA (n.12/0455)) rockfall barriers following stringent testing in accordance with the European Test and Approval Guideline 27 (ETAG 27) of the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA).

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14 May 2013

Geotechnical specialist Maccaferri, best known for its wire-mesh Gabions used in retaining wall construction, has introduced a new, environmentally friendly protective coating for its double-twist wire based products, which offers improved technical performance and environmental compatibility when compared to PVC and HDPE coated mesh products.

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26 April 2013

Maccaferri has been awarded European Technical Approval (ETA) for its RB 1500 (ETA n.12/0396) and RMC 050 ICAT/2 (ETA (n.12/0455) ) rockfall barriers, following stringent testing in accordance with the European Test and Approval Guideline 27 (ETAG 27) of the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA).

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17 April 2013

Maccaferri is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this 2013 ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress and 39th General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 31 to June 7, 2013. Numerous training courses, committee meetings and site-visits are scheduled over this period in addition the technical exhibition runs from 3-5 June 2013.

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5 March 2012

What is thought to be the first UK installation of a particular type of concrete panel-faced, reinforced soil retaining wall system is close to completion at the new Sadlers Farm Junction in Essex. David Crowther, technical manager for geotechnical specialists Maccaferri, takes a look.

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18 December 2011

Contractors building a distributor road serving major housing developments on the outskirts of Inverness, brought in geotechnical and construction specialists Maccaferri to design a complex reinforced soil structure spanning a drainage culvert in a deep, steep sided gulley.

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11 December 2011

Two markedly different reinforced-soil, embankment solutions from geotechnical experts Maccaferri have been used in the construction of a new traffic relief road for the Port of Wicklow in Southern Ireland.

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27 November 2011

A network of rock-fall prevention measures has recently been installed at a site of special geological significance next to the busy A58, near Halifax, West Yorkshire. The measures include a rock-fall drapery system, catch fencing and the placement of over 80 tonnes of sprayed concrete and stabilising grout.

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20 November 2011

In Gibraltar, where the entire population lives on or close to the huge limestone rock that gives the nation its name, the issue of rockfall protection is taken very seriously.

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13 November 2011

Rockfall protection barriers from specialist manufacturer Maccaferri have been installed along a section of the main Londonderry to Coleraine coastal road in Northern Ireland.

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12 August 2008

Maccaferri, the geotechnical and erosion control specialist, has achieved a first with its new CTR range of deformable rock-fall containment barriers. The company states that their system is the only one currently on the market in the UK which carries European ETAG 27 compliance. ET

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24 June 2008

Maccaferri gabions have helped in the construction of the UK motorway network’s first car-share lane. Built for the Highways Agency by Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering, it is located at the M606 / M62 junction near Bradford, West Yorkshire. The car share lane is designed to spe

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28 May 2008

A major new interchange on the A90 trunk road south of Aberdeen has been completed using an innovative slope stabilisation / erosion protection system from geotechnical specialists Maccaferri. The £12m Portlethen Interchange has been constructed to provide road access to a new residen

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3 April 2008

Highway Engineers in the Highlands of Scotland have adopted a novel approach to reinforcing low traffic-volume rural roads in Sutherland. Much of their rural road network is single track and built on very weak ground - mainly peat. This poses no problem for light car traffic but this 'f

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3 April 2008

Road reinforcement mesh from geotechnical specialists Maccaferri, has proved its value by continuing to perform as intended, after nine years of intensive trafficking on the busy A75 trunk road in Scotland. The A75 in Dumfries & Galloway, links the A74/M74 at Gretna with the west c

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6 March 2008

The US sister company of Oxford-based geotechnical specialists Maccaferri, has won the contract to supply geo-grid soil reinforcement products for use in the reconstruction of the collapsed, I-35W St Anthony Road Bridge in Minnesota USA. The bridge, which failed in spectacular fashion i

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12 December 2007

Maccaferri, the geotechnical and civil engineering specialists has appointed Philip Staten as Managing Director of its UK operation. He takes up the position in January 2008 following the retirement of the previous incumbent, Graham Marshall. The Company is part of the worldwide Macca

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12 July 2007

Traffic has been kept moving during the reconstruction of Northern Ireland's busiest motorway thanks to innovative reinforced soil, retaining walls from Anchor Wall Systems. The Anchor "Landmark" retaining walls have been installed at the Stockman's Lane Junction of the Belfast

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4 June 2007

GABION WALL SCREENS OPERATIONAL BUILDINGS Gabions from Maccaferri Ltd, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, have been specified for one of the toll plazas on Eire's first tolled motorway. Used to construct a free-standing natural stone

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4 June 2007

GEOTEXTILE TEMPORARY PILING PLATFORM PROVIDES THE ANSWER A temporary piling platform solution proposed by Maccaferri Ltd, specialist in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, is providing support for piling rigs working on the construction of a major tru

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4 June 2007

TEST PANELS DEMONSTRATE HIGH QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP DEMANDED BY NATS Maccaferri Construction, specialists in retaining wall construction, was invited to tender for the supply and construction of several gabion walls at the new NATS' air traffic control centre at Prestwick. The co

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4 June 2007

COMPLEX NATURE OF ROCK FACE REQUIRES SPECIALIST SOLUTION Maccaferri, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, has recently supplied 4,000 square metres of its Steelgrid woven geocomposite steel mesh to Network Rail as part of a major program

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4 June 2007

ENKAMAT USED TO LINE BALANCING LAGOONS IN OUTFIELD Enkamat permanent erosion prevention matting supplied by Maccaferri, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, has been used to stabilise balancing lagoons surrounding Rockingham Motor Speedw

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4 June 2007

65,000M² ENKAGRID MAX USED IN CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PARALLEL TAXIWAYS Edinburgh airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK. To improve operations at the airport and keep pace with the rapid rise in air traffic, a planned programme of expansion is underway, includ

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4 June 2007

MACWALL® USED TO CREATE SWEEPING ENTRANCE TO COPPENHALL HALL AND MEWS Coppenhall Hall and Mews, an exclusive development of just 11 new homes, is built on the site of an old dairy farm in the rolling Staffordshire countryside. To create an elegant curved driveway providing a

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4 June 2007

ENKAGRID TRC AND ROADMESH® USED TO REINFORCE ASPHALT PAVEMENT Oxfordshire County Council Highways has embarked on a major reconstruction of the A4144 Abingdon road in Oxford, one of the main arterial roads leading from the city centre. A substantial section is to be replaced

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4 June 2007

12 METRE EMBANKMENT THE LARGEST STRUCTURE OF ITS TYPE IN IRELAND Moy Park Hatchery on Main Street, Donaghmore in County Tyrone is part of a multi-million pound business supplying convenience foods to supermarkets across Europe. Built in rural surroundings on land sloping down to

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4 June 2007

The concept of filling baskets with stones to create 'gabion-like' retaining structures is well established, having been introduced by the Egyptians over 2,000 years ago. Today, Maccaferri Ltd, specialists in retaining structures, erosion protection and soil reinforcement, has refined the basic c

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4 June 2007

MACMAT™ -R, BIOMAC™, ROCKFALL NETTING AND GABIONS PROVIDE SOIL REINFORCEMENT AND EROSION PROTECTION A range of geosynthetic solutions and gabions from Maccaferri Ltd, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, have been specified to

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4 June 2007

STREAM DIVERTED TO ACCOMMODATE NEW SIDING AT OXENHOPE STATION Gabions supplied by Maccaferri Ltd, specialists in retaining structures, erosion protection and soil reinforcement, have been used to divert the course of the Leaming beck in rural Yorkshire. A short stretch of new

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11 April 2007

Maccaferri Ltd, the geotechnical and civil engineering specialist, has established a base in Ireland by opening new offices in the Plato Business Park in Damastown, Dublin. The company is a subsidiary of the worldwide Maccaferri Industrial Group, which has its headquarters in Bologna, I

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Regional Offices

Officine Maccaferri SpA - Global Headquarters

Via J.F. Kennedy 10

40069 Zola Predosa



+39 051 6436000
Asia - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri (Malaysia) SDN. BHD

Unit 511, Block G, Phileo Damansara

46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E.


+60 3 7955 7800
Latin America - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri Do Brasil LTDA, Av. Jose Benassi, 2601

CEP 13.201-970 Caixa Postal 520

Distrito Industrial FazGran

Jundiai / SP


+ 55 11 4525 5000
North America - Regional Headquarters

Maccaferri Inc.

1030 Govenor Lane Boulevard

Williamsport, MD, 21795-3116

United States of America

+1 301 223 6910

Maccaferri Envirotech Co Ltd

18 Floor, Dong Yi Time Zone (S)

NO 38 Ren Ming Road (E)

410001 Changsha, Hunan


+86 731 8477 4876

Maccaferri Environmental Solutions PVT. LTD

301A, 3rd Floor, Salcon Aurum

Plot No. 4, Jasola District Centre

New Delhi, 110044


+91 11 4379 8400
Southern Africa

Maccaferri Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd

15 Konigkramer Road, New Germany

KZN, 3620

South Africa

+27 31 7050500
Maccaferri Limited

7600, The Quorum

Oxford Business Park North


Garsington Road



United Kingdom

+44 1865 770 555 +44 1865 774 550

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